Emergency Rat Health

My rat isnt using one of its legs

  1. Why is this happening?
  2. What should I do?

My rats toe is bleeding

  1. What has happened?
  2. What should I do?

My rat is bleeding

  1. What happened?
  2. What should I do?



About the Illnesses My rat isnt using one of its legs

  1. Why is this happening?
    It is not that unusual for a rat's leg, after a fall or similar, to become disjointed. Their legs do occasionally come out of their joints and because of this the rat will avoid putting pressure on it's leg.

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  2. What should I do?
    I would suggest consulting a vet and see what they say, but, this has happened to us several times and within 2 days everything is back to normal. If things are not back to normal within 2 days you will need to get your rat to the vets so that they are able to put your rats leg back in place.

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My rats toe is bleeding

  1. What has happened?
    It is most likely that your rat has lost one of it's toe nails. This is very common in rats.

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  2. What should I do?
    Your first priority is to stop the bleeding. We were instructed to scrape a tiny amount from a clean bar of soap and to place it over the wound to act as a plug, and it worked for us. There are several other methods, including a product available from your vets for times like this. When you have managed to stop the bleeding i would place your rat in a single level cage with nothing sharp in to give his toe enough time to heal. Line the bottom of the cage with something soft, like shredded toilet roll or similar. If you cannot stop the bleeding yourself then a visits to the vets asap is required. Consult a vet if you are worried about anything.

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My rat is bleeding

  1. What happened?
    Cuts or puncture wounds can be caused by a number of things, such as fighting with another rat or being snagged by something sharp in the cage.

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  2. What should I do?
    Generally with any cuts/scrapes you need to stop the bleeding and keep them clean. Treat the rats cuts as you would your own, i.e. use a cotton pad or similar to try to stop the bleeding and once the bleeding has stopped then keep clean by washing the area with warm, slightly salty water to prevent infection. If it is a larger cut then a visit to your vets is needed as they may require stitches.

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